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Book Award Categories

The International AAHGS Book Award® categories celebrate published works that promote the knowledge of African American history, genealogy and research, and to introduce the substantial contributions made by African Americans in American and International history. 

The intent of our awards is to honor published works in the combined areas of: (a) scholarly research; (b) cover and interior design; (c) promotional text; (d) aesthetic components and other factors that demonstrate outstanding presentation, in addition to (e) the written word.

We accept fiction and non-fiction books in a wide range of topics and categories that advance the world body of knowledge for young and old relative to the history, genealogy and research of African Americans in the United States and beyond.

Official Categories and Sub-Categories of the International AAHGS Book Awards®

Children:

  • Children - Educational
  • Children - General
  • Children - Grade 4th-6th
  • Children - Grade K-3rd
  • Children - Non-Fiction
  • Children - Preschool

Young Adult

  • Young Adult - Action/Adventure
  • Young Adult - Coming of Age
  • Young Adult - Mystery
  • Young Adult - Non-Fiction
  • Young Adult - Science Fiction/History Focus
  • Young Adult - Social Issues

Historical-Fiction

  • Historical-Fiction - Cultural
  • Historical-Fiction - General
  • Historical-Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
  • Historical-Fiction - Military
  • Historical-Fiction - Multicultural
  • Historical-Fiction - Regional
  • Historical-Fiction - Short Story

Non-Fiction

  • Non-Fiction - Autobiography
  • Non-Fiction - Biography
  • Non-Fiction - Current Events/ Social Change
  • Non-Fiction - Education/ Academic
  • Non-Fiction - Genealogy
  • Non-Fiction - Government/Politics
  • Non-Fiction - Historical
  • Non-Fiction - Military
  • Non-Fiction - Reference
  • Non-Fiction - Regional 
  • Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
  • Non-Fiction - Short Story

Picture Book

  • Picture Book -  Ages 4-8
  • Picture Book -  All Ages
  • Picture Book -  Coffee Table
  • Picture Book -  Preschool
  • Picture Book - Travel/ Travel Guide

Poetry

  • Poetry - General
  • Poetry - Inspirational

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